Theatre Downtown

The Theatre Downtown Story
Theatre Downtown was founded in 2006 by Billy Ray Brewton and Cindy deSa, and is now operated by a Board of Directors as a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Theatre Downtown is dedicated to exposing Birmingham audiences to the most entertaining, engaging, and innovative shows - both past and present - as well as serving as an outlet for original works and other artistic endeavors.

Originally located inside the former Playhouse location on Third Avenue North, Theatre Downtown moved from there to a temporary basement location at Birmingham AIDS Outreach before securing the present Fifth Avenue Antiques location. Beginning with their production of The Crucible in 2009, Theatre Downtown has been producing marvelous theatre in this charming antique store to the delight of audiences and critics alike.

We always need volunteers to help us sell concessions, greet audience members at the door – and we’ll even let you see the show for free if you help out! Email us at or call (205) 565-8838 to get more information.
Help us to continue our mission!

With rent, website, credit card processing, along with other business costs, Theatre Downtown has $25,000 per year in overhead expenses - and that's before we even produce a play! While we are able to pay most of our bills with our ticket revenue, there's no way we can pay them all from our productions alone. If you can help us out by donating your time, talent, and dollars, we can keep producing great theatre in Birmingham for years to come.

Thank you for supporting the arts and supporting Theatre Downtown.
Corporate Officers
President: Dr. M. Bates Redwine
Vice President for Finance: Currently Vacant
Vice President for Development: Mrs. Flannery Whaley
Secretary: Mrs. Sara James
Treasurer: Currently Vacant
Director of Marketing & Communication: Mr. Lee Green
Board of Directors
Matthew Whaley,
Chairman of the Board

Mellie Bassett
Karen Marie Black
Catherine Champion
Kelsey Crawford
Mike Cunliffe
Jared Funderburg
Lee Green
Sara James
Lesli Johnson
Hayes Killian
Bates Redwine
Debbie Smith
Flannery Whaley

Contact us: or (205) 565-8838

The revolution will be staged.